Sunday, 20. April 2008, 23:05. - 23:45, Ö1




'At what point will common sense prevail - archive, drawing No. 23'
Coloured pens on paper 2008 by Garrett Phelan - image courtesy the artist and Mother's Tankstation


Garrett Phelan - Curated by - Garrett Phelan – Part 1

Selected new regurgitated monologues from ‘At what point will common sense prevail’



Kunstradio – Radiokunst presents a selection of the new online audio project ‘At what point will common sense prevail’ by Garrett Phelan as part of its ‘Curated by’ series. Phelan’s ‘Curated by’ series will coincide with the international launch of the online project ‘At what The online audio project ‘At what point will common sense prevail’, consists of 26 sound works and will be presented for a 5 year period on a dedicated website It is a challenging audio project which raises questions around private outlooks and current modes of personal and media communication.

Garrett Phelan produced the text of each of the sound pieces by instigating and contributing to online forums ranging from physics forums to religious forums. These online debates on issues such as “Commitment to truth”, “Youth isn’t a defence” or “Change is our only Commonality” were led by the artist and then edited into scripts. One half of the 26 different scripts have been translated into different languages ranging from French, Spanish, Dutch to Chinese or Kirundi, the rest remain in English. Garrett Phelan recorded the reading of the texts by 26 different native speakers. After these recordings, each participant was recorded a second time. This time they were not allowed to read the script instead they had to listen to their own recording where they were required to repeat exactly what they heard the moment they heard themselves speak.

The 26 ‘regurgitated monologues’, as the artist calls the recordings you hear, present a specific sound aesthetic. The aesthetic is not only created by the sometimes unfamiliar language. The participants became vessels/ regurgitators of unfamiliar content which passes through them creating a dry, unemotional, monotone in their voices. The listener experiences an aesthetic of disconcertion, fracture, disassociation and tension. The positioning of familiar and unfamiliar languages together deepens and shifts the parameters of understanding.

Today’s first part includes the following pieces

18. The absolute present (Irish) 8.35
7. Known in part only (Swedish) 5.33
9. The colour black-b (Flemish) 9.41
25. Interruption (English) 8.18

Tune in to hear the next parts on these dates:
Part 2: 4. Mai 2008
Part 3: 18. Mai 2008
Part 4: 22. Juni 2008
Part 5: 13. Juli 2008

For further information on the project go to:

This project is also shown in the framework of Art ON Air - Radiokunst im Wandel at the Research Centre for Artists' Publications at Weserburg - Museum for Modern Art, Bremen.